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hike. >> i disagree with that. >> you're still fighting that fight? >> look, the big grand bargain is still on the table. that deal is there if the speaker wants to return to the table and negotiate it. we came very close. the president and the speaker did. and that opportunity still exists. secondly, the helpful proposal senator reid put out does not include up front the tough issues of entitlement reform or tax reform, it creates a committee that would look at those issues on a fast-track basis by the end of the year. that's not possible, we prefer one that does it all at once. however this turns out if we don't get the tough issues addressed because they're essential to address the deficits and long-term debt we're going to return to the debate. the public support balanced approach. it's not the right way to do this if we don't ask sacrifice from everybody. not one sctd sector 0 a limited number of sectors from the society. >> last night it was said, voice support for a bipartisan deal. let's listen. >> the american people may have voted for divided government, but they didn't v
the two minnesotans continues. tim pawlenty went after michele bachmann. >> there's a big difference in talking about things and getting them done. >> this is the third day in a row where we have seen tim pawlenty heat up in his rhetoric against michele bachmann. it's clearly trying to set up the two of them as they go mono on mono for this straw poll. what is interesting, there was a republican debate before the straw poll that takes place in iowa. so instead of everyone going after mitt romney, it's clear that there's going to be a little mini debate going on. all of that in the shadow of what is going on with rick perry and chris christie showing up. lots to go through. we're going to get to that later in the show. let's get to the big story. there's one week left to raise the debt ceiling. two sides feel like they are farther apart than ever. serving on the budget committee, senator, let's start with what is on the table. can you support harry reid's plan as it stands right now in the united states senate? >> no. but i don't think that we're that far apart, chuck. if you take the
is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. today's question is what would you tell congress to do about the debt limit? carol costello is joining us from washington. carol, i bet you're going to get a lot of folks weighing in on this one. >> i urge all of our facebook friends to keep it clean. that's my only request today. what is happening in washington is political gamesmanship at its worse. it's ugly and more than a little scary. the united states has never gone into default because past administrations and lawmakers have compromised. cnn contributor john avalon says lawmakers have raised the debt ceiling 77 times including 8 tooils times under ronald reagan and back in the day politicians weren't quite so macho. many insist on standing on principal even though most americans stand on the side of good old fashioned compromise. two-thirds of americans want the president and republicans to compromise, rather than stand up for their beliefs to get things done. wow. a break from part is anship. perhaps the happiest outcome of the president's speech last night was whe
to the raise the ceiling between 2009 and today, and maybe beyond. so the spending part is a real big issue for a lot of american people. >> isn't it also the issue revenue, michael, they're not just talking about spending. they were talking about revenue when reid said, okay, fine, to the chagrin of some of es, said i'll take revenue off the table. >> what does that tell you, reverend? then you say no, we don't want to do that. >> but what does that tell you? the president has been all over the place without a plan since the beginning of is the year. the fact of the matter is at one point he wanted a clean debt bill, then was willing to accept one. at one point think say we want taxes, and then reid puts out a plan that, yeah, we'll do that. the only consistent argument that has been made is made by republicans saying no to the spending. >> no if it's reid, no if it's boehner, i mean -- >> where it gets back to the plan -- he'll sign it. >> michael, i don't understand how, in the face of the data of the american people is it that the republicans are tone-deaf or just don't care? >> i don't
its act together? >> undoubtedly washington is broken. the big problem, though, is that you have two sides who are still way, way far apart, and the clock is sticking. i mean, we have to have an agreement by tuesday, or interest rates not only for the federal government, but really for average people with regard to auto loans, variable rather mortgages, everything else, start going up. the possibility, thomas, is those interest rates could go up very, very dramatically. that will bring the economy to a screeching halt. that would mean that the jobs crisis we have right now would become even larger. nobody wants that, or at least they say they don't want that, but after listening to a lot of the pontifications last night, i'm not sure. >> this is a clip from the president's address last evening, describing what government is like. take a listen. >> we can't allow the american people to become collateral damage to washington's political warfare. the american people may have voted for divided government, but they didn't vote for a dysfunctional government. >> certainly most of us think
is it the big question of default and whether or not it would indeed have to happen? weigh in, you can see what other folks are saying there, we'll check back in on that survey in a little while. let's go for a moment to the state of alabama where educators are raising concerns about the state's new immigration law. the people who run the school district are complaining that following that law may put them at risk of losing federal funding. jonathan serrie has that story live from atlanta. >> reporter: sponsors of the new law say it's going to give alabama taxpayers an accurate assessment of just how much they pay each year to support public services, including education for illegal immigrants. but some public school officials say it places them in an uncomfortable position. some alabama educators fear the state's new law cracking down on illegal immigration could jeopardize millions of dollars of federal funding for public schools. at issue is one provision requiring schools to report the number of undocumented students they enroll. phoenix city school superintendent larry dechera says it's eu
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